(Joshua Paladino, Headline USA) Two government-funded studies concluded that being around sick children and catching the common cold may lower the chances that adults develop severe illness from COVID-19, CNBC reported.
Both studies appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, the official scientific journal of the National Academy of Sciences.
The first paper, released in August, found that adults without young children had “significantly higher rates of COVID-19 hospitalization and hospitalization requiring ICU admission, compared to those with children aged 0–5.”
For those without young children, COVID-19 became as much as 50% more severe.
Adults “without identifiable household exposure to children based on health insurance enrollment had a 27% higher rate of COVID-19 hospitalization and a 49% higher rate of COVID-19 hospitalization requiring ICU admission.”
The second paper, published in November, discovered a significant relationship between exposure to common coronaviruses and a decreased risk of contracting COVID-19. The study looked at a population of Veterans Affairs patients.
Patients who tested positive for a common coronavirus from February 2020 to February 2021 were 80 to 90 percent less likely to contract COVID-19.
The studies confirm a few ideas that lockdown ideologues refuse to acknowledge.
Seasonal illnesses confirm immunity-boosting properties and should not be avoided through extended lockdowns and isolation, and sick children help spread cross-immunity that protects adults from more severe illness.
“The authors theorize that this protection may be due to higher rates of coronavirus immunity conferred by recent exposure to and subsequent infection with other human coronaviruses,” according to the November study.
The two studies shed light on the “tripledemic” of flu, RSV and COVID-19 that health bureaucrats have warned about for the past few weeks. Perhaps years of isolation, vaccination, and lockdowns did not prepare the people’s immune system for the winter.